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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Austin, Las Vegas, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Getty Images (1); NHRA (2)

From Formula 1’s annual visit to Circuit of the Americas to the penultimate round of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season in Las Vegas, it was a weekend to remember for some of action motorsports’ biggest names. Here’s a look at the drivers who made the biggest impressions after a busy weekend:

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton

It’s not every year that F1 fans from any given country can see a driver lock up the World Championship on their home soil, but Americans were blessed with that opportunity from Hamilton on Sunday. The Mercedes driver may have finished second to teammate Valtteri Bottas in the race, but his points lead coming into the event officially became insurmountable with Sunday’s results.

NHRA Top Fuel: Brittany Force

Just moments after Erica Enders scored the 150th win for a female driver in NHRA history, Force added win number 151 on Sunday afternoon at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 2017 Top Fuel champion defeated Steve Torrence, last year’s title winner and the incoming points leader, to earn her first victory since April. She’ll enter the Pomona finale just 16 points back of Torrence for the top spot.

NHRA Funny Car: Matt Hagan

Jack Beckman may have led off the Countdown with the first win for Don Schumacher Racing, but Hagan has been the hot hand as of late. His triumph in Las Vegas made it back-to-back wins for the two-time world champion, and made him the only Funny Car driver to win multiple races in the playoffs this year. He’s up to third in points, within striking distance of Robert Hight and Beckman.

NHRA Pro Stock: Erica Enders

With 92 points on Jeg Coughlin Jr., who she beat in Sunday’s final round from Las Vegas, Enders has a great chance at scoring her third career Pro Stock title in 2019. While she didn’t win a race until this year’s Countdown visited World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Enders’ consistency in the playoff rounds may be the key to scoring her first championship since going back to back in 2014-15.

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